“I do know what it is like,” Biden stated in a nationwide tv handle, referring to his personal lengthy historical past of household tragedies.
“I ask all People to recollect, keep in mind these we misplaced and people they left behind,” Biden stated. “I additionally ask us to behave, to stay vigilant, to say socially distant, to masks up, to get vaccinated.”
Biden, accompanied by his spouse Jill and Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, then stood outdoors the White Home to mark a second’s silence in entrance of 500 candles representing the massive toll.
A Marine Corps band performed “Superb Grace.”
Earlier, flags had been lowered over the White Home and at federal buildings throughout the nation and at embassies around the globe. The US has the world’s highest dying toll.
Biden urged People to mourn and to recollect these misplaced but in addition to point out dedication.
“As a nation we can not and should not let this go on,” he stated.
“We should finish the politics and disinformation that is divided households, communities,” he stated. “We’ve to combat this collectively as one individuals, as the USA of America.”